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Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo Wins 2017 Roberto Clemente Award

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Each year since 1971, Major League Baseball has presented the Roberto Clemente Award to one individual in recognition of their positive off-the-field contributions within the community.

The prestigious honor is given to the player that “best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.”

For Chicago Cubs superstar Anthony Rizzo, he’s that particular player in 2017.

The slugging first baseman was presented this year’s award on Friday prior to Game 3 of the World Series.

Rizzo, 28, is a survivor of Hodgkin lymphoma. He developed the disease in early 2008 when he was part of the Boston Red Sox organization. Rizzo overcame the disease; and in 2012, formed the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation- a non-profit which seeks to benefit cancer research and struggling families.

Not only does Rizzo hit a lot of dingers, he helps a hell of a lot more people who desperately need it. You gotta give props to a guy like that.

“It’s insane over the past few years how many people tell me we helped someone out, and it makes me so happy,” said Rizzo. “To touch lives like that, it’s something you can’t really explain.”

The slugging first baseman is well known for regularly visiting hospitals, befriending patients, sharing his stories, and taking and/or signing the occasional photo and/or autograph.

Sadly, Rizzo recently lost someone very close to him:

“Going through this over the past six years, there’s been a lot of good times, but when you lose kids that are the base of the foundation, it’s not easy,” said Rizzo.

Rizzo is the third Cub to win the Roberto Clemente Award, joining Rick Sutcliffe in 1987 and Sammy Sosa in 1998.

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations, according to an announcement from the organization on Wednesday.

Gore, 27, will bring the Cubs a  legit base-stealing threat.

Gore is likely to start off his run with the Cubs in their minor league system as they eye using him as a weapon in the playoffs, and could be called up when rosters officially are expanded for the stretch run in September.

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Cubs Sign Jorge De La Rosa

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The Chicago Cubs have signed left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, according to a team announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat)

In corresponding moves, the Cubs transferred starting pitcher Yu Darivish to the 6-day disabled list and left-hander Randy Rosario, who has pitched to a 3.00 ERA so far this season, was designated for assignment.

De La Rosa was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week after struggling to a 4.63 ERA this season.

 

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